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Topic: Recommendations for 3 to 5 Lbs roasters (7 msgs / 175 lines)
1) From: Jim Wilkins
Over the past couple months, word-of-mouth referrals have unexpectedly given
me a chance to sell my favorite home roast beans. It is not a business model
enterprise, more a hobby-model endeavor that will cover some of my costs and
keep my stock turned and fresh. I'm using a Hot Top and a Behmor 1600 and I
need a roaster with a capacity to roast 3 to 5 Lbs per batch. 
I've searched the web and found some just about every capacity range except
what I need. I located a couple in the 4 to 7 Lbs. range but the look of the
steel-plated units in the pictures did not fill me with confidence (please,
no offense to anyone out there who uses, sells or makes such a roaster). I
don't have the talent/time to build one and the difficulty in producing
consistent results sort of rules out the re-fittted BBQ grill and hand
crank.
Suggestions and ideas anyone?
Jim
Lexington, KY
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2) From: Mike Chester

3) From: miKe mcKoffee
US Roaster Corp 3k. Solid work horse with great repeatable roast control. (I
sprang $4k additional for PLC profile control enabling multi-tasking while
roasting.) Have done as small as 1# batches but kind of ridiculous to
pre-heat the 3k if that's all that needs to be roasted, so if need a small
amount for a special order just do 2 CCR HotTop batches. On the other end of
the spectrum routinely do as large as 8# production batches yielding max 8hr
day roast capacity of ~200#, concurrently roasting while previous batch
cooling, conservatively 3 batches per hr no problem. Flawless performance 18
months and counting. Don't actually know off the top of my head how many
tons of greens it's roasted so far but going to add another 100# or so to
the tally this afternoon.
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4) From: Allon Stern
On Jun 1, 2009, at 8:59 PM, Jim Wilkins wrote:
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5) From: Brian Kamnetz
Jim,
Without doubt the US Roaster Corp roaster would be your dream machine.
If you can spring for the cost, do that.
If you need a less expensive roasting method, an RK drum might be
worth considering. Ron Kyle, the originator, unfortunately passed away
a while ago, but apparently someone is carrying on the roasting drum
business. Ideally, if you went this route, you would purchase a drum,
a shaft, and a motor, all of which are proven, and install them into a
gas grill.
There has been LOTS of discussion of RK drums on the list, and you can
find them in the archives:http://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/RK drum would be a good search term.
There is also a fair amount of discussion on US Roaster Corp roasters
in the archives, mostly from Les, who has one, and from miKe, who has
a bigger one with enhanced controls. USRC would be a good search term.
Brian
On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 8:59 PM, Jim Wilkins  wrote:
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6) From: Paul Helbert
Hi Allon,
I've been off list to the tune of 2361 unread messages. Have been roasting
commercially for Lucas Roasting LLC and building a small sailboat (no excuse
I know). Anyhow I was wondering if there was going to be a Mid-Atlantic
Gathering this summer or fall? Best e-mail me directly as I am still tied
down and not reading this list day by day.
Thanks,
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Paul Helbert
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7) From: Allon Stern
On Jun 17, 2009, at 9:12 AM, Paul Helbert wrote:
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Make that 2362 :)
Geez, I gave it a moments thought, but then I thought better of it :)
Things are ka-razy around the house - we're getting a playground  
installed in our backyard in about a week - that might keep the kids  
at bay a bit.
Anyone interested in an informal gathering sometime this summer?
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